Rear Admiral Lewis is a native of Los Altos, Calif., and a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was designated a naval aviator in April 1987.
His command tours include Carrier Air Wing 3 deploying in USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 aboard Naval Air Station Oceana, and VFA 15 deploying in USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Lewis’ sea tours include a division officer tour in Attack Squadron 72 deploying in USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), as an exchange pilot/tactics instructor in 800 Naval Air Squadron deploying in HMS Invincible (R05), and as a department head in VFA 192 deploying in USS Independence (CV 62). Other deployed tours have been as a battle director at the Combined Air Operations Center in Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar and as the Maritime Operations Center Director at Naval Forces Central Command, Bahrain.
Ashore, Lewis served as an instructor pilot in Air Training Squadron 23, as a branch chief at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, as the executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Air Force, and as the executive assistant for the Director, Joint Staff. Presently, he is the commander of Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Military History from the University of Alabama.
He has flown over 100 combat missions in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Deny Flight, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has accumulated over 5,200 flight hours and 1,100 arrested landings. He was the recipient of the Naval Air Forces Pacific Pilot of the Year in 1996.
Lewis’ personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (7 Strike Flight and 4 Individual with Combat "V"), 3 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (2 with Combat "V"), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various service and campaign awards.